Aronia melanocarpa, more commonly known as the black chokeberry, is a member of the rose family (Rosaceae) and is native to Eastern North America.
Expect a black chokeberry bush to grow anywhere from 3 to 6 feet tall (0.9 to 1.8 m). It gets its common name from the bitter taste of its fruit.
Chokeberry flowers and leaves, image by Fritz Flohr Reynolds; CC.
This deciduous shrub can be grown as part of a shrub border, in a small garden, or open areas.
It can readily be grown near ponds or streams due to its tolerance for wet soil.
Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) photograph by Andrey Zharkikh.
Its popularity with gardeners may arise from its lovely white flowers in springtime and bright red leaves and dark fruit in the autumn.
Some people have also started growing Aronia black chokeberries as part of a booming super food trend in the United States.
Aronia melanocarpa Plant, photograph by F. D. Richards; CC.
When planting Aronia melanocarpa, make sure to dig a wide hole to give its fibrous roots plenty of room to spread.
Black chokeberry grows well in the spring in a location that gets at least 15 inches (38 cm) of rain per year.
Plants thrive in full sun, but will still grow in partial shade.
Aronia melanocarpa loves moist soil and will enjoy a well-drained spot in a garden. It is adaptable to most soils, including clay, acidic, or basic.
Supply a mulch to help promote moisture conservation.
Remove suckers as soon as they appear to prevent the quick spread of this shrub into its surrounding areas. Otherwise, managing this plant is pretty much a low maintenance affair.
Black Chokeberry showing Fall colours, photograph by F. D. Richards; CC.